You and Me Against the World

Dear Friends,
I used to gently snicker at folks who appreciated Helen Reddy’s music. Yesterday, while fidgeting with the radio dial I heard, You and Me Against the World. In the beginning, a little child says, “Tell me again m’u’mmy.” I never appreciated the little voice – I thought it silly. This time, I listened to Helen’s song with the ears of a much wiser person (I also heard, Angie Baby – another Reddy song – on another station which is scary ’cause I haven’t heard any Reddy songs on the radio in years). The notes and the lyrics to, You and Me Against the World are really quite soulful. I’m sorry Helen Reddy for not appreciating your words until 2014.

You and me against the world
Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world
When all the others turn their backs and walked away
You can count on me to stay
Remember when the circus came to town
And you were frightened by the clown

clown faceWasn’t it nice to be around someone that you knew
Someone who was big and strong and looking out for
You and me against the world

hulk Hat Sometimes it feels like you and me against the world
And for all the times we’ve cried I always felt that
God was on our side

And when one of us is gone
And one of us is left to carry on
Then remembering will have to do
Our memories alone will get us through
Think about the days of me and you
You and me against the world

I love you mummy
I love you too baby

Thank you. May your dreams be of large men, little women and all sorts in between…

Clown Face rendered way back in 1990 when Prentice Hall loaded Adobe Illustrator on their designers’ computers. I got to play. 
Hulk Hat – inspired by my love of all buff green men. Rendered August 10, 2014.

R.I.P Lauren ‘The Look’ Bacall
Line seductively throated in her first film (1944), “To Have and Have Not” –
“You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”


10 thoughts on “You and Me Against the World

  1. I confess: I used to be a huge Helen Reddy fan — and still am, I guess, although I haven’t heard any of her music lately. (However, just reading the lyrics here, I now have that song looping in my head!) Love the art, love it, love it! I’m assuming you’ll be heading back to school soon, too. Hope I can keep up with my blog (I have online classes, which is good and bad; good, because I’m home on my computer, where my blog resides; bad, because I don’t want the reading/grading to interfere with my blog.) It’s a beautiful, cool morning here in Indiana and it feels like autumn is around the corner (honestly, I hope so). Hope it’s sunny and beautiful where you are, too!


    • Wow, the Helen Reddy fans are coming out of the woodwork 😉 I thought it was a little scary to hear 2 Reddy songs in one day after not hearing any in years. Hearing the second song convinced me to send the post. Thank you for your kind thumbs-up, Debra! Yes, we’re back to school on Sept. 3 😦 I’m sadder than the kids. I have to suck it up and put on my happy sub face 🙂 How exciting for you to teach from your computer – best of luck. You and I will find ways to blog on – I hope…
      We had quite a bit of rain today but now it’s beautiful and cool. Leaves are beginning to flutter down – autumn is my most favorite season by far – and I’m a holiday nut – start watching xmas movies quite early and singing carols earlier than that much to my family’s chagrin 🙂
      AnnMarie 🙂


  2. From the moment that I read your blog post title in my email, the song started flowing through my brain, although it has definitely been years since I have heard it. Contrarily, I have always loved the little child’s voice at the beginning and the end.

    Last night as we were talking about Lauren Bacall’s death, my son-in-law (in his 20’s) said he had no idea who she was. That made me sad. She was a gracious, elegant star in every sense of the word. – Fawn


    • It is a catchy tune. As I listened to her voice – I thought, ‘my it is quite beautiful.’ I was way too cool or so I thought to like a song with a little kid talking – I don’t even think I liked kids back then 😉
      Sad about Lauren Bacall and sadder still this generation is unaware of some of the great ones…
      Lauren Bacall was elegant and classy – these words don’t really stick to any personalities today…
      AnnMarie 🙂


  3. I learned everything I know about how NOT to treat a woman from Reddy’s song “Aint No Way To Treat A Lady.’ 🙂 However, head knowledge and putting it into practice has on many occasions been sorely lacking on my part.

    Your artwork still worries me Miss…Is that a clown in the first photo? I really don’t like clowns very much. 🙂


    • Adolescence aside, I can’t imagine you being unkind with the endearing thoughts you’re able to pen – despite what you may think of your inner-gremlins 😉
      I actually like Helen Reddy’s voice – it’s not one of those ‘popcornesque’ fake tech-supported voices – it’s strong and throaty – I guess I believed I was cool and she wasn’t. But, I’ve come to discover she was cool and I was the dud.
      Let’s see, as far as the artwork goes – that first photo is a clown. He was actually my first Adobe art I ever created. I used a mouse and was unaware a stylus pen existed. I believe I was under the influence of Stephen King’s, IT at the time I made him. If you’re frightened of clowns don’t read IT! 🙂
      I think my hatted Hulky man is cute 😉 As I created him I could hear tv Hulk’s theme and I could see Bill Bixby walking done the road all by his lonesome… I was in love with Lou Ferrigno for a time…
      More creepy stuff to come but remember each and every character is drawn with love and I’m usually singing 🙂
      Sorry for your difficult anniversary yesterday – hope all is well…


  4. I now have another song stuck in my head terribly. How I went from Helen to Mick to Styx is truly a snap shot of the inner workings of my head, nonetheless, I posted it on my site. Consider it a dedication to you and the 80s. I would have never remembered how much I liked this song back in the day were it not for your Helen Reddy song…go figure.


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